Michael Schommer has been hired as Director of Probation for Otter Tail County.

Schommer replaces Desta Lutzwick, who retired from Otter Tail County after 41 years of service, according to a news release.

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Schommer, a Grand Rapids native, spent his summers in Fergus Falls with his grandmother and has many memories playing ball, fishing and riding bike in town. A graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, Schommer interned with Vogel Law as an investigator and began his career in probation with the Department of Corrections (DOC) in St. Cloud working with those offenders deemed highest risk, according to the release.

He has served in the DOC Central Office in St. Paul and has earned his master's degree in Organizational Leadership, according to the release. In 2012, Schommer was named Minnesota Corrections Agent of the Year.

"There are great agents in the county, and I look forward to being able to support what we are doing," Schommer said in the release. "The county has a supportive Board of Commissioners and a responsive Advisory Board; this combination makes Otter Tail County a desirable place to work."